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Poster: gratefulred11 Date: Apr 21, 2010 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: New Speedway

I've been listening to a lot of 1970 shows of late and have rediscovered how much I love New Speedway Boogie. I'm wondering if anyone knows why the band retired the song after 1970 only to bring it back to life in 1991. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that Hunter wrote it in reaction to what had happened at Altamont in 1969 and, therefore, it got stale after '70? But then why bring it back in '91? Anyone have some insight?

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Poster: high flow Date: Apr 22, 2010 11:02am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

I was in the building for the sound check of New Speedway in 1991. I was just 20 and my show-mates were much older and did not believe my claim. "You mean 'One way or another??' that song??". "No way".

Sure enough.

But that does not compare to my friend who called the HCSS breakout in a Tempe Motel 6 full of touring heads. The snickering was appropriate until the show opener was HCSS. Then Chris was on top of the world.

It was a freakin' deluge on the drive from Cali to AZ.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Apr 22, 2010 2:02pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

Good story!

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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Apr 22, 2010 9:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

I always thought the revived versions, from 91 > all the post Jerry bands, seems too jaunty, and bouncy considering the subject matter . I agree with what has been said ( WT ) about the "demi electric " versions from mid-late 70 . I like that "snaky" feel ( as Phil says of the one he put on the "Phil Zone" ).
But, this still leaves your question, of why they discontinued it in the first place .

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Poster: WHARFRAT Date: Apr 21, 2010 12:21pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

Can't tell you why but,
I can tell you 5-1-70 is my fav.

Lets just enjoy whatever They gave us through tbhe years!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Apr 21, 2010 2:00pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

That's a nice one! I like all the summer/fall 70 ones that come with the "acoustic/semi-acoustic/pseudo-acoustic/demi-electric" sets (to use Bob's phrasing).

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Apr 21, 2010 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

Always thought the revival in '91 was a response to the Gulf War

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 21, 2010 12:41pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

you are correct sir.
It was pretty hit or miss at the beginning of 91.
The versions got somewhat better, but will never match the
luster of the early years.
But I won't dominate the rap Jack...

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 21, 2010 1:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

The cap Centre version in Spring 91 is very very strong

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 21, 2010 6:29pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

Do enjoy this Cap Centre version that I missed. Thx. Its funny, I was relocating to Annapolis at this same time.
Saw the majority of Dead shows @ The CAP , but missed this one.
Saw many good shows there, but had hated the venue. The heads were nice as always though: I was getting in my
truck after a show there (prolly 92) and some guy following
says " hey! you need this bag man?!?"
I told him "no, I'm good..."
Then I realize he offering the bag that fell outta my own
pocket a few yards back... Now thats a good man...

One man gathers what another man spills
anyway~
This one I feel was a big and juicy one from that year:
check it; just pre-drums:
http://www.archive.org/details/gd91-05-10.sbd.ladner.6257.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 22, 2010 8:21am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

were you at/stay for the Ripple encore in 88 or were you in the lot like most folks because OMSN was the first encore?

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Apr 24, 2010 8:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

that was the only ripple i ever saw.that was a great run in 88

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Poster: craven714 Date: Apr 22, 2010 1:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

Ha! no Ripple ever for me...
First breakout since 81?!?! wow
That sounds like a sad, sad story... that makes me chuckle too. Listening to it right now. Not too shabby.

Goes to show, you don't ever know...
And THAT is why I never left a show early

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Poster: lobster12 Date: Apr 22, 2010 3:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: New Speedway

So the story goes....it was a granted wish for a kid with cancer through the make a wish foundation.